Top Questions about Facial Implants

istock_000003345819small-300x199Full cheeks are often considered a gold standard of beauty, since they can help provide patients with a more youthful appearance. Over time, cheeks can lose their volume, causing them to appear thin or sunken. Facial implants are a great way to restore full, youthful-looking cheeks.

Here are some commonly-asked questions about facial implants.

  1. What are facial implants? Facial implants, which include chin, cheek and jaw implants, are designed to enhance and restore harmony to a person’s face. Composed of  biocompatible material, facial implants can correct or help balance out one’s facial features. A plastic surgeon can help determine what sort of implants are best for you and your facial structure.
  2. Who is considered a good candidate for facial implant surgery? Patients looking to correct issues such as a small chin, weak jaw, or a lack of volume in their cheeks are good candidates for this type of procedure. Facial implant surgery, however, should only be considered for adults and not for younger patients. Ideal candidates for the surgery are in good physical shape, and non-smokers. Patients must also have realistic expectations about what the surgery can do for them, since it works to enhance one’s appearance rather than provide a dramatic change.
  3. What will happen during the facial implant surgery? The facial implant procedure is performed under either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, and the techniques used during surgery will differ depending on what area of the face is being focused on. For a chin implant, an incision will be made inside the mouth, along the crease joining the lower lips and gums. Jaw implants are placed through the mouth, with incisions made inside of the mouth. Cheek implants are inserted through incisions made in the mouth. Incisions will be closed with stitches or sutures, which can be removed about 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure.
  4. When will my results be visible? For most patients, the results are almost immediately noticeable. Some patients may also experience visible swelling following surgery, though that will dissipate fairly quickly.

Facial Implants in Calgary

If you have any questions about facial implants and how it can improve your appearance, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Calgary, Alberta, and can be reached at (403) 228-7076. We look forward to hearing from you!

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